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MOTIVATING MURAL: Family raises money for hospital room refurb in daughter’s memory

 Published on: 22nd February 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A family from St Albans have donated funds to upgrade a hospital waiting room in memory of their daughter who passed away last year.

Sarah and Andy Smith and their son, Harry, 12, faced the unthinkable when they lost eight-year-old Emily to a rare brain tumour, just 11 days after she was diagnosed.

The family raised £5,000 in donations just days after Emily’s passing – the total now being over £30,000 – which they have used to brighten up the outpatients X-ray waiting room at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where Emily was treated.

Emily’s mum Sarah said: “This area was in desperate need of refurbishment and did not have a separate children’s waiting area at all. We hope this environment helps to calm young patients down, that the relaxing, natural scene grounds them, and that they might take a minute and wonder who Emily was and marvel at her wood.”

The woodland scene includes Emily’s favourite toy, Rabbity, along with eight other rabbits to symbolise Emily’s eight years of life. The tree engraving is written in her handwriting, and the scene also features puzzles to keep patients and their families occupied. Harry helped design the log seating, also inspired by his sister’s love of nature.

Lucy Swain, the hospital’s outpatients X-ray manager, said: “None of it would have been possible without the generous money donated by the Smith family in honour of their daughter. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to them for helping us improve the patient experience.”

Photo credit:  Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust

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